3 Count: TVEyes Wide Shut

This is how it ends, not with a bang, but a whimper...

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1: In Win for Tech Giants, Eu Copyright Reforms Stalled

First off today, Foo Yun Chee at Reuters reports that, in the EU, the controversial copyright directives have hit a roadblock as many member states are struggling to negotiate a position on the reforms.

The directive, which includes provisions to require news aggregators to pay a license to use snippets of journalistic content and a provision to require hosts to take steps to prevent copyright infringing material from being uploaded. However, since the initiatives were originally approved in September, tech companies have been aggressive in protesting the bills, which they see as onerous.

Member states have until the end of February to approve a new version of the text. If they are able to do so, it would advance to a plenary vote in the EU Parliament, putting it on the fast track to final approval. However, there are widespread belief that the sides are simply too far apart and the time is too short to reach an agreement.

2: Qatar-based Bein Sports Steps up Piracy Fight Against Saudi Arabian Rival Channel

Next up today, Adam Reed at CNBC reports that Qatar-based broadcaster BeIN has launched a new round of accusations against Saudi Arabian pirate broadcaster BeoutQ, providing what it says is a “dossier of evidence” that links BeoutQ to the country.

The two nations are in the midst of a geopolitical feud as Saudi Arabia accuses Qatar of supporting terrorism and has led a large embargo against the country. This embargo brought BeIN channels off line in Saudi Arabia but BeoutQ arose to make those channels available in Saudi Arabia through pirate sources.

According to BeIN, BeoutQ is connected with the Saudi government and have repeatedly called for action. The most recent announcement also comes as FIFA and the other largest soccer organizations in the world to release a statement condemning BeoutQ.

3: TVEyes Will No Longer Carry Fox News in Negotiated End to Big Copyright Fight

Finally today, Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that, after a five-year battle, Fox News and TVEyes have settled their copyright case and it ends with little more than TVEyes agreeing to remove Fox News from its service.

TVEyes is a media monitoring service that allows users to search for and access relevant network content. Fox News sued, alleging that TVEyes was a violation of their copyright and the legal fight tested the boundaries of fair use with a lower court ruling that the indexing and searching of news content was legal, but not the downloading and sharing of the relevant clips.

The case eventually went to both an appeals court, which ruled against TVEyes, and the Supreme Court declined to take the case. Out of options, TVEyes has agreed to a settlement where both sides will bear their own fees and costs and TVEyes agreeing to cease distribution of Fox News content.

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